Premier League Betting: Pick Norwich City +320 Against Winless Southampton

Nikki Adams

Thursday, August 27, 2015 12:19 PM GMT

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 12:19 PM GMT

Southampton are still searching for their first win of the season. Can they clinch it at the expense of Norwich City on EPL match day 4? Find out as we preview this clash and serve up soccer picks.

Southampton Winless After Three Rounds
Southampton have just two points to show for the season after three laps around the league. A 2-2 draw at St. James Park on opening week and a scoreless draw against Watford on match day 3 represent the two points they mustered up, both of which came on the road.

St. Mary’s Stadium is yet to be treated to a pointed performance. The forgettable 3-0 loss to Everton in their home opener on match day 2 is so far the only home game of the season. Saints will be keen to erase that memory this weekend, in what is realistically a winnable match on paper.

There are those soccer bettors that might have looked upon last weekend’s clash with Watford as a winnable match –after all, Watford were the top favorites in relegation markets at the start of the season at -166 soccer odds at Paddy Power. A smidgen ahead of Norwich City, mind.– only to be shown up.

It’s only three rounds into the season, so it’s a bit early to get panicking. What is a cause for concern, though, is the fact that they’ve scored just two goals and conceded five goals in three games, and scored none since opening week.

 

Norwich City Flying High in Top Flight
Second favorites to be relegated, Norwich City are defying the soccer odds. Sat in eighth place behind a 1-1-1 and four points, Norwich City is currently above Arsenal and Chelsea in the table thanks to a better goal differential. How long they’ll maintain their cushy digs in the top-half-of the table remains to be seen. For now, they can be very optimistic about their campaign and with a Southampton side that appears to be wholly off form and off colour up next they might fancy their chances for a positive result.

Norwich opened the season with a 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace but bounced back with a 3-1 win at Sunderland and held Stoke City to a 1-1 draw at home, neither of which is a result to sneeze at.  In midweek League Cup action, they extended their positive run of form with a 2-1 win over Rotherham United.

 

Southampton vs. Norwich City Match Betting Tips and Picks
Southampton haven’t convinced many soccer bettors in their first three games and their lack of firepower is really concerning: two goals in three Premier League games all while conceding five is a cause for concern. It’s early days, yet. The Saints may eventually find their form, but things aren’t look up right now making them a risky soccer pick in general.

For the time being, the mood is glum. It’s also worth noting that UEFA Europa League Thursday football action may be taking its toll on the Saints, as managing campaigns on multiple fronts is always challenging. The weekend following the 3-0 defeat to Everton was followed by Europa League action with Midtjylland, who gave it their all at St. Mary’s to force the 1-1 draw on the Saints. This Thursday, right before the weekend’s round of EPL matches, Southampton travel to Herning, Denmark for the second leg. A pivotal game that they’ll be looking to win if they hope to continue their campaign in Europe’s prestigious, second-tier club competition.

What this amounts to is, perhaps, an opportunity for Norwich City to capitalise on and continue their auspicious start on the season. Southampton are the home favorites at -110 to win outright, but at those soccer odds they don’t tempt us at all on our soccer picks. Not with the form they are currently enjoying and after a trek to Denmark for a Europa League game that carries a lot of weight. The Canaries, who are matched at +320 soccer odds to win outright, are therefore worth the tickle. As is the draw at +230 soccer odds, in our opinion. Those soccer bettors looking to hedge their bets, might consider the double result Draw or Norwich at -110.

Soccer Picks: Norwich at +320 or the draw at +230 at Bet365.

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